It’s a wet day. There is more rain coming ashore and we already have had 1/4 of an inch! They’re calling it “showers”…. well, it starts and stops and right now it’s getting very bright. 47F, wind at 3mph, AQI 20, UV3. We’re supposed to get some more and then a few showers this evening, before things dry out.
Yesterday was a busy, busy day. We had customers coming through all day up until around suppertime. I spent quite a bit of the day dealing with that and some of the time between on sewing and embroidery. Tempus had some projects he was working on, as well.
For some reason I woke really groggy and out of it. I was fighting to get something done in my dreams and working hard and it stayed with me when I woke and I way overslept. Tempus had to come back for me.
…and I just realized that when I had to re-start the computer I hadn’t gotten this published…. Apologies….but I feel rotten enough that we’ve had to cancel class for tonight….
I promised the House Capuchin Feast cookbook link – https://wp.me/P8ngGY-1OH Copies of all 6 are in both Word and PDF format. Please include the link if you’re going to keep or share the recipes. Yes, there are a lot of repeated recipes from one to another.
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
The Hilaria, the festival of Joy, is part of the celebrations in the Roman Republic and Empire surrounding Attis. What a wonderful name for a festival! Today, however, is the feast of the Mother of the Gods, Cybele and the resurrection of Attis that was held on the first day after the Vernal Equinox when it could be seen that day was longer than night. It was celebrated with games, and later in Roman history with processions and masquerades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilaria and more on Cybele here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/6 at 1:58am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/27 at 9:10pm.
This is the also time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (the Little Dipper’s handle-end) during late evening. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it by then, “dumping water” into it. They do the reverse water dump on fall evenings.
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet rises before 2 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 30° high in the south an hour before sunup. It also shines at magnitude –2.2, making it the brightest point of light in the morning sky until Venus rises around 5:30 a.m. A telescope reveals at least two conspicuous cloud belts on Jupiter’s 39″-diameter disk. And this morning, North American observers have a great opportunity to watch the shadows of two moons cross the planet’s bright cloud tops. At 3:56 a.m. EDT, Ganymede’s shadow first touches the jovian atmosphere; Europa’s shadow joins it at 4:06 a.m. The black dot cast by Ganymede lifts back into space at 6:04 a.m. followed by Europa’s at 6:27 a.m. Any telescope will provide excellent views of these shadow transits.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) rises above the east-southeast horizon around the first light of dawn. Look for it about 65° lower left of Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 25 High 4:05 AM 8.2 7:10 AM Rise 12:12 AM 82
~ 25 Low 10:52 AM 0.0 7:35 PM Set 10:10 AM
~ 25 High 5:09 PM 6.5
~ 25 Low 10:47 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dont tell GOD how big your storm but tell the storm how big your GOD.
~ The man who is rows the boat usually doesn’t have time to rock it. – Unknown
~ While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home. – Jim Rohn
~ Sometimes the answer isn’t overcoming an obstacle in your life, it is avoiding it or going around. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I have a psychological hold over Hewson … He’s like a stone statue in the cemetery. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews. – Robert Burns (1759–96)
These are suggestions for dedicating the tools prior to their first usage or their formal consecration. Perform these with proper visualization and ritual intent.
THE ATHAME OR SWORD
Rub the blade with fresh basil, rosemary or oak leaves at sunrise, outdoors, where you will not be disturbed or seen. Lay the sword or athame on the ground with its point to the South. Walk clockwise around it thrice, scattering bay leaves (preferably fresh) over it. Take up the sword or Athame, stand facing East and holding the sword upward but with the arms lowered, invoke the god to infuse your Athame or sword with his strength. Point it to the sky, invoking the Goddess to charge your blade with Her love and power. Wrap your Athame or sword in red cloth and take it home. It may be stored in the cloth, if desired.
If the wand is wood, take it outdoors at sunset and rub it with fresh lavender, eucalyptus, or mint leaves. Raise it in the air toward the East (0r the moon if it’s visible) and invoke the Goddess. At sunrise, take it again outdoor, rub with the fresh fragrant leaves and invoke the God by raising it to the East.
Place the pentacle on bare earth. Lay upon it dried parsley, patchouli, mistletoe, fresh jasmine, or honeysuckle flowers. Sit before it facing North for several seconds, visualizing the pentacle absorbing the Earth’s energies. Then pick it up and scatter the herbs or flowers to the four quarters, beginning and ending in the North.
If this must be done indoors, fill a small dish with fresh Earth and place the pentacle on this. Proceed as above, saving the herbs or flowers to be scattered outdoors at a later time.
THE CENSER OR INCENSE BURNER
Fume pure rosemary, frankincense or copal within the censer prior to its first use. Do this for about an hour.
Take the cauldron to a stream, river, lake or ocean. Gather the leaves of some plants growing around nearby. Dip the cauldron in the water to fill it. Place the leaves in the cauldron, and then set it on the waters edge where it is on both water and sand. Place your hands on the cauldron and dedicate it to the Goddess in any words you like.
Empty and dry the cauldron, and return home. The charge has been made.
If done inside, place the cauldron in a large basin of water or the bathtub, in a candle-lit room. Add a bit of salt to the water, which should be cold. Proceed as above.
Salt water corrodes metal so be sure to wash and dry the cauldron after any contact with salt or sea water.
Anoint the base with gardenia, rose, or violet oil and fill with pure spring water. Then set afloat a sprig of ivy, a small rose, a fresh gardenia or some other appropriate flower or herb. Gaze into the Chalice and invoke the Goddess to bless it. You might also wish to take it outside at night, filled with water, and catch the Moon’s reflection within it.
THE BESOM – BROOM
It can be fashioned from any old staff. Brush it with chamomile, willow, lemon balm, elder, or mallow stalks and branches, they bury these with due solemnity. You might also wish to carve a crescent Moon upon its handle.
THE BOOK OF SHADOWS
Sew into the cover of the Book of Shadows leaves of the sacred herbs, vervain, rue, bay willow, or others, if you wish. They should be well-dried and secretly placed by the light of the moon. The covers of the Book of Shadows should, of course, be covered with cloth for this purpose.
Lay it among sachets filled with lavender, vervain, and cedar when not in use. Sew a bit of rosemary or frankincense into the hem while fashioning.